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An Inventor in the Garden of Eden

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By: Eric R Laithwaite

289 pages, 65 ills, 15 photos, 8 graphs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 1994 | #35107 | ISBN: 0521441064
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NHBS Price: £107.00 $131/€120 approx

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So many of our most clever inventions have been anticipated by Nature, often by millions of years. Through humour, anecdote and science, the author allows us to share in his enthusiasm as he takes us on a journey through the natural world. Subjects covered include the way in which the sizes and shapes of animals and machines have been largely dictated by the size and weight of the Earth and by the properties of materials. This book should appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike.

' ... a very personal book, unclassifiable, unscholarly, but unfailingly interesting.' Times Higher Education Supplement


1. Gardens of Eden; 2. The human thinker; 3. Human laws and the rules of God; 4. Size is everything; 5. Our assessment of ourselves; 6. Topology - the master discipline; 7. Growth and decay; 8. Nature - master technologist; 9. Into the complex.

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